School Health Services

Mission Statement:
DPS School Nurses want to ensure all students have equal access to quality health care, promote a healthier lifestyle through health education and optimal management of health problems, and encourage students to become more responsible and independent in making positive decisions regarding their health.

Department Services:
We are committed to a culture of excellence in the School Nurses’ Office  and encourage parental involvement with student health issues.

 DPS Health Services

We feel it is important to keep parents informed with the most up to date health-related  information.  During the school year, the “New Mexico Department Of Health“ will issue Health Alerts and Recommendations which  will be posted on our page (see the tabs below). Parents will also be able to access current health information links which will contribute to the optimal health of children.

 Please contact DPS District Nurse, Margie Taylor

at 546-2678 at Deming High School, ext. 2656

or the Nurse at the school your

child attends for any health related questions.




Margie Taylor, RN—DPS District Nurse

School cell: 575-494-0526


546-.2678, ext. 2656

Fax: 544-0918

Tony Valdespino, CNA



Ext. 2709

Sheyla Velez-Rodriguez – RN

School cell – 575-494-4584


531-2710, Ext. 1806

Fax: 531-2303

Susan Wood,RN

School cell: 575- 494-0530

Bell, Chaparral, Memorial,

Ext. 1427

Brenda Byrne, CNA


546-9712 Ext. 1620

Megan Snyder, CNA


546-2502 Ext. 1506

Cosetta Lewis, CNA


546-2047 Ext. 1405


Marge Kemp,RN

School cell: 575-494-0531


Bataan / RMMS

544-0900 Ext. 2204

Fax: 544-0829


Patricia DeLira, LVN


RST- Ext. 2504


Fax: 544-2726

Angie Munoz, CAN


544-0900 Ext. 2204

Fax: 544-0829

Darlene Rouse-Rothamel, RN

School cell –575- 494-0529


546-6560 Ext. 1305

Fax: 544-3656

Rian Arenibas – EMR

RMMS Ext. 2308


Fax: 546-9263

Veronica Rodriguez, CAN


My Little School

Main Campus

AM & PM (no students on Fridays)



Retta Ward, Cabinet Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                      Media Contact: Kenny Vigil

January 9, 2014                                                                                      Cell: 505-470-2290


New Mexico Department of Health Reports First Flu Death This Season

Protect yourself, your family, and your community:  Get Vaccinated for Flu!


(Santa Fe)  -- The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that it has confirmed the state’s first flu death for the 2013-2014 season. The death reported was a 76 year-old woman from Santa Fe County.


“Please remember that the best way to protect yourself and the elderly from the flu is to get vaccinated,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “As flu activity increases in New Mexico, it’s important for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the flu to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting a flu shot.”


The predominant circulating flu strain in New Mexico and the United States is influenza H1N1.  This strain was first identified in 2009 and may cause severe illness even in healthy young adults.  The New Mexico Department of Health is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is currently available and protects against H1N1 and other strains of flu.


The Department of Health has 29 providers statewide that report influenza-like illnesses (fever with cough or sore throat) from October through May. Providers that participate in this surveillance network reported at the end of December 2013 that 6.2% of their patient visits were for influenza-like illness and that percentage rose to 7% statewide in early January.



Weekly percentage of influenza-like Illness outpatient visits

by Public Health Region – New Mexico 2013-2014


Last week

This week

Northwest Region



Northeast Region



Southwest Region



Southeast Region



Metro Region



Statewide %




Northwest Region- San Juan, McKinley and Cibola Counties

Northeast Region- Rio Arriba, Taos, Colfax, Union, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Mora, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Harding Counties

Southwest Region- Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Hidalgo, Luna, Doña Ana and Otero

Southeast Region- Quay, DeBaca, Curry, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties

Metro Region- Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties


Influenza is a highly transmittable disease whose symptoms include sudden onset of fever, muscle pain, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (more common in children than adults.) These symptoms develop within a few days after exposure to the flu virus. There are antiviral medications to treat influenza infections. To be most effective, medication should be started quickly after you become ill.


Influenza vaccination is recommended for:

  • All people over 6 months of age who are eligible for vaccination and especially;
    • Pregnant women (any trimester)
    • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease
    • People who don’t have a normal immune system
    • People who live in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities
    • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu
    • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
    • People who are morbidly obese
    • Healthcare personnel

The Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get immunized.  Those with Medicaid or other insurance who come to Public Health Offices are asked to present their insurance card.

To find out more about flu vaccination clinics throughout New Mexico, you can call the Immunization Hotline toll free at (866) 6815872.

For more information about influenza, visit the Department’s website:





Emergency Medical Authorization Form

In the event of an emergency, injury or illness at school, the parent/guardian will be notified.  In order to ensure the school is able to reach the parent / guardian, a current Emergency Medical Authorization Form for your child will need to be filled out and on file with up-to-date  home, work, and business phone number’s available every school year.  The purpose of this form is to enable parents/guardians to authorize emergency treatment for their children while under school authority when a parent/guardian cannot be reached. Please notify the school when your phone numbers change.


The Emergency Medical Authorization Form (EMA form)  also gives the School Nurse essential health history information on your child which can be of vital importance when dealing with an emergency situation.


Deming Public Schools  “Over-The-Counter Medication Administration”policy is explained on the EMA form.  Parental / guardian consent must be given in writing prior to any medication being administered.  Please return the EMA form to the School Nurse as soon as possible.




DPS School Health Services  “School Nurses” follow all New Mexico Department of Health “Emergency  & Communicable Disease” Guidelines. 

The New Mexico Department of Health guidelines are focused on protecting the health and safety of all students in the school setting.  The NMDOH recommendation is to keep your child home if he / she is ill.  If your child has a fever, cough, sore throat, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or an unusual rash, please do not send your child to school. The most current New Mexico Department Of Health Influenza guidelines advise parents to keep your child at home until they no longer have fever and any other influenza symptoms.



If you have a question regarding your child’s health, please call the School Nurse’s office before sending your child to school.  Also please contact the School Nurse if your child is out for an extended illness. 


“You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy,

and you can’t keep a child healthy that isn’t educated.’

--Jocelyn Elders, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General





New Mexico State Law (6.12.2) requires that all students enrolled in Deming Public Schools have their immunization records up to date.  Students may be denied school attendance or be dis-enrolled for failure to show proof of current immunizations.  Deming Public Schools participates in the New Mexico Department of Health  “Vaccines for Children” program.  Any student in Deming Public Schools may receive their Required immunizations free.  If you would like to have your child vaccinated at their school through the “Vaccines for Children” program, please contact the School Nurse at the school your child attends.  NM/VFC School Vaccine Administration-Consent forms are available in the School Nurse’s office.    Please give this matter your immediate attention so the health of your child may be protected and education may continue without interruption. 



DPS “Vaccine for Children” Program offers all New Mexico Department of Health Required Immunizations for school attendance:  DTAP / Polio / MMR / Varicella  / Hepatitis B / TDAP.  We also offer the Influenza vaccine during the school year.  **Please see your Primary Care Provider or Luna Health Office for other Recommended Immunizations:  Gardasil  / Meningitis  / Hepatitis A / HIB. 




Information for Conscientious Objector Status & Immunization Exemptions:  The New Mexico Department of Health / New Mexico Immunization Exemption Law ( 24-5-3) also states only those students who have a notarized medical or religious exemption form will be allowed to attend school without up to date immunizations. Personal / philosophical exemptions no longer qualify as an approved exemption.  You can access the new form and information at the School Nurse’s office and the New Mexico Department of Health website.  



Deming Public Schools

Medication Policy

Administration of Prescription and Over the Counter Medication


The Deming Public School District has neither the responsibility nor authority to administer medication at school. Upon specific parental request, medication may be administered upon receipt of written authorization by parent and /or health care provider subject to the stipulated procedures and forms required by Deming Public Schools.


If your child needs to take any medication at school, please take the medication to the School Nurse’s office and complete the required paperwork. 


A parent may visit the school to administer the medication. Otherwise, all medication                 must be kept in the school nurse office in a locked medication cabinet.  Certain steps must be taken to assure that medication given at school is administered properly: To ensure that students are medicated at school safely and under maximum protection, the following Deming Public Schools  / New Mexico Department Of Health Guidelines will be followed:


  • A Physician Order and Medication Authorization form must be completed by the parent and health care provider, signed, and returned to the School Nurse.
  • The Physician Order and Medication Authorization form must be signed by a health care provider who is licensed in the State of New Mexico to prescribe the medication. The Physician Order must include the name of the child, name of medication, dosage, route of administration, and time of administration. The health care provider’s order(s) will be valid only for the current school year.
  • An Emergency Medical Authorization form must be signed by a parent/guardian.It will be reviewed by a School Nurse licensed by the Public Education Department annually. Medication Authorization forms apply to both prescription and non-prescription (over the counter) medications.
  • Written permission from the parent must include the name of the child, name of the medication, dosage, and time to be administered.
  • A parent/guardian should provide the school with pharmacy-labeled containers or an original manufacturer/provider container that holds the appropriate medication to be administered in the school setting. Prescription medication (including samples from the physicians) shall be labeled by the physician, name of medication, dosage, and time of administration.
  • An adult must bring the medication to the school and pick up any medication from the School Nurse which needs to go home.
  • When medications are received by the School Nurse from a parent / guardian, a pill count will be done. Both School Nurse and Parent / Guardianwill co-sign for the quantity delivered.
  • Any short term prescription medications such as antibiotics that are taken for less than 14 days will also need to be turned in to the School Nurse’s office with Physician Orders.


  • If in the School Nurse’s professional opinion, an Over-the-Counter (OTC) commercially packaged medication is indicated in the treatment of a child at school the medication must meet the following criteria on all of the following:
      • is approved for use by FDA for indicated age group,
      • is approved and preferably provided for the student’s use by the parent/guardian,
      • is familiar to the nurse,
      • is available in an original package specifying dosage and contraindications,
      • is safe and indicated for the specific student condition, and
      • is likely to alleviate the student’s discomfort and allow him/her to return to school participation promptly.
Then the school nurse may administer a single dose of appropriate non-prescription medication such as:
    • antipyretic-generic or brand name acetaminophen
    • non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs-generic brand name ibuprofen
    • antacids
    • cough/cold medications-cough syrup, lozenges, etc.
    • topical first aid cream/spray or anti-bacterial ointment

  • Any changes in time or dosage must be accompanied by written documentation from the health care provider.
  • Students may self carry inhalers / Epi-pens with them provided both the parent and the health care provider have provided the appropriate documentation as required by DPS “Right to Self Administer” Medication Policy.
  • The parent/guardian assumes responsibility for informing the School Principal and/or School Nurse of any change in the student’s health and medication needs.
  • Parent/guardian will be asked to fill out a Parental Permission Consent Form to obtain health information needed from the healthcare provider.The healthcare provider may be contacted whenever questions or concerns arise about specific information or training necessary to administer, monitor, or evaluate effectiveness of the medication and assure the safety of the student.
  • The principal will delegate a person who will be responsible for giving the medication in the absence of the school nurse.
  • Is important that medications be kept in an area inaccessible to students. FDA guidelines and National Standards recommend that all controlled substances always be stored in a double locked narcotic cabinet, which is available at all DPS School Nurse’s offices.
  • antipyretic-generic or brand name acetaminophen
  • Ønon-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs-generic brand name ibuprofen
  • antacids
  • cough/cold medications-cough syrup, lozenges, etc.
  • topical first aid cream/spray or anti-bacterial ointment





When it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the parent and/or student will be informed that:  It will be the student’s responsibility to report for his/her medication at the time that it is to be administered, unused medication will be destroyed at the end of the school year unless picked up by the parent, and

medication will not be sent home with the student.


DPS Over-the-Counter Medication Policy

                                                               as written on

DPS Emergency Medical Authorization Form 



D P S - School Health Services --Over-The-Counter Medication Policy:


Over-the-Counter Medications: ALL GRADE LEVELS

  • Parents must sign the EmergencyMedical Authorization Form annually prior to Over-the-Counter (OTC)medication being administered.
  • These medications will be available in the nurse’s office in each school building.
  • OTCmedication may be administered only by the School Nurse or the Principal’s designee and after a nursingassessment of the student’s health concern has been made.
  • Any student requiring OTC medication more than three times in one month, or more than three days in a row will be referred for a medical evaluation.
  • The School Nurse will assess your child and will first provide indicated non-medical treatments. For example, headache assessment may indicate hunger, dehydration, lack of sleep or stress for which appropriate non-medical intervention would be snacks, water, resting time, reassurance and preventive health information prior to offering medication.
  • After the nursing assessment and non-medical intervention, if the School Nurse feels it is appropriate,OTC medication may be administered following manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • All School Nurses will attempt to inform a parent before administration of any medication.


Tylenol........................................Yes____No____   EyeWash...............................................................Yes___ No____

Ibuprofen………….....................Yes____No____   Burn Spray……………………………………          Yes___ No____

Antacid…………........................Yes____No____   Neosporin Ointment………………………….......   Yes___ No____

Cough drops…………...............Yes____No____   Anti-itch Ointment.................................................Yes___ No____


I give permission for the School Nurse to administer the following (Over the Counter) nonprescription medication(s).


******Signature of Parent/Guardian                                         Date                                                              


You will receive an Emergency Medical Authorization form from your child’s school at the beginning of the school year or when you enroll your child in school.  Please read, sign, and return the form as soon as possible to the School Nurse.



When a student comes to the School Nurse’s office to take his/her medication,

the “Six Rights of Medication Administration” will be followed:


-Right Student

-Right Medication

-Right Dose

-Right Route

-Right Time

-Right Documentation



Deming Public Schools “Right To Self Administer” Medication Policy


Self Administration means a student’s discretionary use of his or her prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication, pursuant to prescription or written direction from a health care practitioner. NMAC(


In accordance with New Mexico State Laws, New Mexico Department of Health, and Deming Public Schools, students who use Asthma Inhalers / Epi-pens (Epinephrine) are allowed to self carry and self administer their medications in the school setting if the following conditions are met: 



  • A Physician Order and Medication Authorization to self carry and self administer the prescription medication must be signed and updated annually by the student’s primary health care provider and parent/guardian.
  • An Emergency Medical Authorization form be filled out by the parent/guardian  and on file at the school.
  • Prescription medication will be labeled by the physician with name of medication, dosage, and time of administration.  It is available in an original package specifying dosage and contraindications.
  •  The School Nurse will assess the student’s level of understanding and competency for administering and carrying the prescribed medication safely. The student will demonstrate the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer such medication as prescribed by the health care practitioner.
  • An Asthma / or Anaphylaxis written treatment plan by the School Nurse be on file for the student during school hours.
  • The School Nurse will monitor the student’s health status before and after administration of the prescribed medication and communicate with the student, parent, appropriate school staff and health care provider any concerns as per HIPAA law.      


DPS “School Health Services” follows all New Mexico State Statues ( that are related to self -administration of asthma medication, anaphylaxis emergency treatment medication, and diabetes self management by the student in the school setting in accordance with the NM Nurse Practice Act. Deming Public Schools is not liable as a result of any injury arising from the self administration of medication in the school setting.



DPS “School Health Services” School Nurses encourage parental involvement with student’s health issues.  Please contact the school your child attends and ask to speak with the School Nurse for further information on:

School Health Services  - New Mexico Department of Health “Policies and Procedures.”

“School Health Services” Resource Information for Parents Online: / departments / School Health Services / NMDOH Recommendations / Alerts